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Kevin Yang, the Director of China Research at iSuppli, has shared on his Weibo account that Huawei is indeed chosen by Google as one of the makers of the next Nexus smartphone. While the information isn't backed up by any evidence, it comes from a reputable source, as iSuppli is one of the largest mobile analytics companies around.. A previous rumor, also originating from Weibo, but with an anonymous source, suggested that Google and Huawei have a deal for a Nexus smartphone, but the cheaper of two Nexus options in 2015. The more high-end Nexus smartphone will be made by LG and it's quite likely going to be an LG G4 variation of some sort. We can only guess that if Google opts for Huawei made Nexus smartphone, this will elevate Huawei and its proprietary Kirin chipset to a really good position in the developer's community. Source |...


LG had all but confirmed in advance, that it won't be unveiling the G4 at MWC and indeed, we didn't get to see the next-gen flagship in Barcelona. Instead, the company showed us four smartphones spanning the entire midrange, as well as the LG Watch Urbane and Urbane LTE. That should in no way lead you to believe the South Korean corporation isn't working on a sequel and LG Electronics mobile chief Cho Juno was quick to shed some light on the company's plans. For starters, as previously reported, an in-house chipset is in the works, with LG seeking to declare independence from Qualcomm in the years to come. While it's unlikely to be ready to actually make it to the G4, LG intends to implement it in future smartphones. Additionally, the LG G4 will be running an updated version of the company's UX Android skin. In its 4.0 iteration it will bring a major redesign and offer marked improvements in user experience, Juno was keen to point out. The UX 4.0 will be treated to its own dedicated launch, which will take place before the unveiling of the smartphone. Speaking of, the LG G4 is expected to see the light of day some time in April. LG wanted to distance itself from the craze of MWC and hold its own press event, with all of the attention focused on the G4. The new top-tier smartphone will bring improvements in build quality, where polycarbonate is said to be replaced by a metal-mixtured body. Even so, the G4 is going to lose its flagship status in the second half of this year, when the company plans to release an even higher-spec'd top-end smartphone. Industry pundits speculate the new model will command a 10% premium over the G4, for an end-user price of around 1M KRW ($900+). Little else was revealed about the said device, though. It's shaping up to be an eventful year for LG, one that will see the company try to catch up with arch-rivals Samsung and Apple, while in the meantime attempt to regain the third place in number of smartphones shipped, a position Xiaomi snatched last year. Source 1 2 | Via 1...


Motorola has started the sale of Moto E (2015) in United States but of 3G model at $120. Meanwhile, the company has already ramped up the plans to introduce the Moto E (2015) in India as well. According to the import data on Zauba, the Moto E (2015) XT1056IN is estimated priced at INR6,045 ($97). Zauba lists that 2400 units of the Moto E (2015) have been imported in India. Quite possible that Motorola will team again with Flipkart to host the flash sale of the new model. The new model features a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset, 5MP camera and 8 GB built-in storage. We reported earlier that the Motorola Moto E (2015) is expected to launch on Flipkart on March 10. Thanks for the tip...


The GSM Association organizes the annual Mobile World Congress and along with it the traditional Global Mobile Awards (its 20th edition this year). The Global Mobile Awards 2015 are judged by more than 300 independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics, and in some cases, mobile operator representatives. The entry deadline was in November, 2014, meaning the awards go to last year's products. There's a multitude of categories, some of which may sound pretty obscure unless you are in the telco business, so we've shortlisted the few categories that we think would matter most to mobile phone enthusiasts (such as ourselves). Best smartphone is the most interesting category and the awards go to The Apple iPhone 6 and LG G3. The best low-cost smartphone award was grabbed by the Motorola Moto E (first-gen). Apple iPhone 6 specs review LG G3 specs review Motorola Moto E specs review Next up is the Best mobile tablet award, which went to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Best wearable mobile technology was claimed by the Motorola Moto 360. Finally, the Best Security/ Anti-Fraud Product/Solution award went to Samsung for its KNOX Workspace security suite. You can check out the full list of winners. Source .news-item .n-left { float: left; width: 26%; text-align: center; } .news-item .n-right { float: left; width: 74%; } .news-item a { padding-bottom: 0; padding-left: 0; } .news-item .n-right h2, .reviews-item .n-right h2 { clear: both; padding: 0 0 3px 0px; font: 400 19px Oswald, Arial; margin-top: -4px; } .n-right p { margin-top: 25px; line-height: 155%; } .news-item { padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; } .news-item p { margin-left: 0; } .n-right h2 .phone-name { display: inline-block; width: 252px; overflow: hidden; vertical-align: text-bottom; } .n-right h2 a { text-decoration: none; color: #000; } .flat-button{ text-align:center; text-decoration: none !important; font: 400 22px Oswald,Arial !important; //font-family: sans-serif; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-size: 150%; //background: #0CADA7; padding: 20px 60px !important; display: inline-block; white-space: nowrap; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border-radius: 5px; margin: 10px 0; -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -ms-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -moz-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -o-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; color: #fff !important; } .flat-button-1 { background: #0CADA7; } .flat-button-1:hover { background: #0A948F; color: #666666 !important; } .flat-button-2 { background: #FF7E47; } .flat-button-2:hover { background: #EE7440; color: #666666 !important; } .n-right .rank-info { display: inline-block; font-family: "Oswald",​Arial,​sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-weight: 100; } .n-right .rank-info .current-rank { font-size: 23px; } .circle { background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #8fb28f; border-radius: 50%; height: 23px; width: 23px; display: inline-block; margin: 0px 10px -1px 10px; } .arrow { width: 0; height: 0; border-style: solid; display: inline-block; margin: 0px 10px -1px...


Recently there has been some movement on the Nokia front with the Android-powered N1 tablet selling out by the truck-load in mere seconds. This is perhaps why this alleged leaked benchmark sheet is so exciting. The prospect of Nokia coming back to the mobile front with an Android device, bearing the legendary 1100 model name is an astounding prospect, but also, sadly, highly unlikely. Most of you surely remember the Nokia 1100. Its immense popularity on various markets have turned it into a legend. The 2003 GSM device, complete with flashlight, of course, was even shortly resurrected back in 2009 after an alleged loop-hole in bank security systems ramped old unit prices to as much as $32,000. Since then not much has been spoken of the ancient device, even more so after Microsoft officially acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division. Since then the Finnish company has not been producing any mobile phone devices, apart from an alleged Nokia C1 concept, which, however turned out to a hoax. Out of curiosity, let us look at the revealed specs sheet of what is essentially a low to mid-range offer. It is built around a quad-core MT6582 CPU, clocked at 1.3 GHz. The display has a 720p resolution and oddly enough, memory is reported as 466MB, or in other words probably 512MB of RAM. The device is running on Android 5.0 and that is about as much as we know on the mystery unit. Bear in mind that faking a model number in Android is a revatively simple task and considering the current situation Nokia is in the Nokia 1100 is probably another hoax. Still we are hoping for the best and perhaps the N1's staggering success will help push things toward the resurrection of the legendary Nokia brand on the mobile market. What is your take on the matter? Is the benchmark fake and would you like to see a new shiny Nokia smartphone? Source |...


Apple dethroned Samsung to become the world's top smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a latest report from market research firm Gartner. As per the report, the Cupertino-based company sold a total of 74.83 million smartphones in Q4, compared to the 73.03 million units sold by the South Korean company in the same quarter. "Apple's strong ecosystem and its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drove strong replacements within the iOS base," the report said, adding that the new iPhones also offered users looking for larger screen phones a strong alternative to Android. "Samsung's performance in the smartphone market deteriorated further in the fourth quarter of 2014, when it lost nearly 10 percentage points in market share," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at the research firm. "Samsung continues to struggle to control its falling smartphone share, which was at its highest in the third quarter of 2013. This downward trend shows that Samsung's share of profitable premium smartphone users has come under significant pressure." The third, fourth, and fifth spots were grabbed by Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, respectively. The report also noted that smartphone sales last year totalled 1.2 billion units, up 28.4% from 2013, and represented two-thirds of global mobile phone sales. Source...


Motorola Moto E (2015) with 3G-only connectivity is now available to order in the United States. The device can be ordered in 3G US GSM or 3G global GSM guise. The 3G Moto E (2015) costs $119.99 unlocked in black or white color scheme. For comparison, Motorola is asking $149.99 for the 4G LTE model with no contract. It is important to note that Moto G (2015) with 3G packs a less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset than the LTE model. The latter offers 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC. The rest of the 3G model's specs are unchanged. They include 4.5" qHD display, 5MP camera, and 8GB of expandable memory. In related news, we also overheard that the Moto E (2015) will be launching in Inida on March 10 exclusively via Flipkart. Source |...


Android 5.0 Lollipop is now seeding to HTC One (M8) for Verizon Wireless. The Big Red version of the smartphone is the latest to receive the update - HTC One (M8) for Sprint and T-Mobile already got the treatment. The update is available over-the-air. It brings a host of improvements to the HTC One (M8) headed by brand new ART runtime and Material Design update for the device's native applications. We benchmarked HTC One (M8) with Android 5.0 Lollipop back in January. You can find out about the change in its performance in our blog post. Source | Via...


The Chinese handset maker ZOPO Mobile launched the new TOUCH/ZP530 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The new TOUCH features a 2.5D curved glass display similar to the one found in Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and BlackBerry Slider. Measuring mere 8.8 mm thick, ZOPO TOUCH has 9-membrane layers crammed in its back cover. Its display hugs a metal frame with a fancy micron sand blast and oxidation technology that makes the glossy durable. The device booth Android 4.4 KitKat. ZOPO TOUCH features a 5" 2.5D curved HD display with ON-CELL full-fitted technology, which can reach up to 95% NTSC value. Powered by 64-bit MediaTek MT6732 SoC with 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, TOUCH/ZP530 packs 1 GB RAM, 8 GB built-in storage, and full connectivity suite. TOUCH features 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and wide-angle 5 MP front-facing camera for selfies. Apart from that, the handset is loaded with several sensors - gravity sensor, accelerometer, range sensor, L-sensor and geomagnetic sensor. ZOPO has packed a 2100 mAh battery and has Dual-SIM (micro) support. The price and availability of the device will be announced...


Earlier this year we've heard that the YotaPhone 2 will be headed to the US via T-Mobile, but that seems not to be the case after all. The company behind the unique dual-screen smartphone has revealed that it will use crowdfunding site Indiegogo to launch the YotaPhone 2 in the US. The device will be priced at around $600, and the campaign will be live in April. The phone will support both AT&T and T-Mobile's networks, including LTE. If the Indiegogo launch is successful, Yota will bring the device to well known retailers such as Best Buy too. Yota is working on an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for the YotaPhone 2, and this might come preinstalled for handsets offered in the US (or it may arrive shortly after the launch). The update will include an enhanced API for third party apps to be able to take advantage of the secondary e-Ink display. There will also be a white YotaPhone 2 released by late summer, which will have a black face but white back and sides. A cheaper version of the handset, called YotaPhone 2c, is in the works too. This will have the same large e-Ink secondary display on its back like the original YotaPhone 2, but will come with lower-end specs, including in the primary screen department. The YotaPhone 3 is expected to debut at CES next year, and it will obviously be the successor to the YotaPhone...


Huawei has been selling its Honor-branded smartphones in the UK for a while now, but so far only through third-party retailers and only in SIM-free and unlocked fashion. That's about to change, though. Three is going to become the exclusive operator partner for the Huawei Honor 6 Plus in the UK. The phone will become available to buy with Three's contracts, and select Three stores across the UK will showcase its design and features. Thus, Three customers will be able to "experience" the Honor 6 Plus before they buy one. If you aren't convinced by Three's plans, you'll also be able to pick up an Honor 6 Plus sans contract for just £250. A clear timeline for the launch hasn't been revealed yet, but it's safe to say that it should happen pretty soon. The Honor 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, dual 8 MP rear cameras with LED flash, an 8 MP front-facing snapper, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,600 mAh battery. It's powered by Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 925 SoC, pairing a quad-core Cortex-A15 and a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU on a big.LITTLE platform, and boasting support for LTE Cat.6 networks (with theoretical peek download speeds of up to...


Sony took the wraps off the Xperia M4 Aqua yesterday morning in Barcelona at MWC, and today the new phone is already up for pre-order, at least in Germany. Right now Amazon is the only retailer doing the honors, and it's asking for €279 for the new device. That's €20 less than what Sony told us was the recommended retail price for the Aqua. You can get it in either black or white. Unfortunately no details about when it should start shipping are known just yet, but it may become available next month. The Xperia M4 Aqua comes with a 5-inch 720p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP selfie shooter, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,400 mAh battery. It's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 SoC, which boasts an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1 GHz. It's IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, and it has support for Cat.4 LTE networks (with theoretical peek download speeds of 150Mbps). The M4 Aqua runs Android 5.0...


Samsung is considering using a dual-edge display on the next Samsung Galaxy Note phablet. The Galaxy S6 edge received overwhelmingly positive reception both from critics and users. The new Galaxy S6 edge doesn't use the same bending as the Galaxy Note Edge, nor does it offer the same widget functionality along the edge. Yet it managed to win the hearts of the media at the MWC 2015. The VP of Samsung Products Strategy Team confirmed in a Q&A session that Samsung is considering using the same display solution for the next Galaxy Note device. It is unclear whether Samsung is planning to release just one Note with curved display or two separate models as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The next Galaxy Note should go official in September, so there is plenty of time for Samsung to decide on the...


Just a couple of days after going official, the HTC One M9 is now available for pre-order by the official HTC store in Germany. Currently, you can pre-order the Gold-on-Gold version now, while the Gunmetal Gray and the Gold-on-Silver color options will be available starting on March 31. The HTC One M9 retail for €750 and come with the HTC Advantage initiative, which was previously available just in the US. In Germany the program gives you free overnight shipping for each order made before 14:00h, help for transferring your data from your old smartphone via a premium hotline and a free pickup and delivery return in case of repairs. Unlike the US, HTC doesn't offer free display repair in Europe. The One M9 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 platform - an octa-core 64-bit processor with four Cortex-A57 cores at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 working at 1.5GHz. The new Adreno 430 is responsible for the graphics, while the 3GB RAM will help with the multi-tasking. The phone packs a 5" 1080p display - the same unit from One (M8) - Super LCD3 - with minor improvements on the technology and color rendering. The highlight of the front are the traditional BoomSound stereo speakers, now improved further by Dolby Sound technology. The phone is also available in MediaMarkt, Saturn and other retailers across Germany, however the Gold on Gold version currently seems to be available only via HTC's own webstore (which surprisingly seems to be run by online retailer Expansys). In the UK, pre-orders of the phone start on March 9 with EE, Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Three offering the...


BlackBerry's MWC press conference ended merely minutes ago and for the most part, it was quite boring. However, Blackberry made a few interesting announcement near the end of the lengthy talk, including one major curveball, that no one had really expected. The manufacturer announced the new BlackBerry Leap as well as new colors for the Blackberry Classic, but what really took the audience by storm is the curved, slider phone that made a brief appearance on stage. The device came out of the blue and was meant as a huge tease to users and fans. We only managed to catch a few quick glimpses, but it did seem that the phone had a real double-edged screen, much like the one on the new Galaxy S6 edge. Sadly this is only based on a few photos, taken from a distance, so it could be simply a visual effect of the overlaying glass, we can't really be sure. #twitter-widget-0 {width: 590px !important;} What a Surprise! Ron just pulled out a dual-curved, all-touch display with a Keyboard - yes a slider device! #MWC15 pic.twitter.com/8VaPUZHo3j— BlackBerry (@BlackBerry) March 3, 2015 The smartphone, which Ron was referring to simply as "the slider", comes, as the name suggests, in an interesting, kind of retro form-factor. A physical keyboard does, however, have a lot of appeal and might just turn out to be a major selling point for the device once in become available. There is still no info on availability though. So stay tuned for an...


The BlackBerry Classic is the epitome of the company's smartphone concept. The hardware keyboard, together with a no-nonsense design and security features is what keeps the company going. BlackBerry has chosen to spice things up for its basic model adding a few more colors to the mix. Announced today at MWC, alongside the all-new BlackBerry Leap, the Classic will now be available in blue, bronze, and white, to complement the regular black. The Classic comes with a 3.5-inch square display with a 720 x 720 resolution, Snapdragon S4 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage which is expandable. It comes with an 8MPfront camera, 2,515mAh battery and LTE connectivity. It's key selling points are not in the hardware, though. The Classic offers superior build, productivity features, and security, delivered by the company's OS...


The BlackBerry Leap is now official, announced at the company's MWC 2015 press conference. Nevertheless, the latest member of the BlackBerry smartphone family is an budget-minded mid-range offering and sports a 5" HD display resulting in a pixel density of 294ppi. Under the hood of the BlackBerry Leap, there's a rather outdated Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is 16GB with a microSD card slot that can take additional 128GB. The phone measures 144 x 72.8 x 9.5mm and weighs 170 grams. The battery under the textured soft back cover is 2,800 and isn't removable. BlackBerry says the leap can last up to 25 hours of heavy use. Speaking of the back, there's an 8MP auto-focus camera with LED flash. It can record 1080p videos at 30fps and has a 5x digital zoom. The Leap runs BLackBerry 10.3.1 out of the box. Check out the company's promo video of the phone below. The phone will launch in April with a contract free price of...


Google released the Android distribution report for the month of February. The latest Android 5.0 Lollipop has more than doubled its distribution share in a month - it now runs on 3.3% of all Android hardware (up from 1.6% last month). The growth of Android 5.0 Lollipop should hardly catch anyone by surprise. A number of high-volume Android devices received an update to the new build over the past month. New hardware with the OS has also hit the market. Android 4.4 KitKat also grew its distribution share to 40.9%. A month ago, 39.7% of all devices ran KitKat. Unsurprisingly, Android Jelly Bean and its various iterations lost a bit of ground in February. Combined, the three major Jelly Bean releases boot on 42.6% of all devices - down from 44.5% a month ago. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 2.3 Gingerbread have declined by half a percentage point each to 5.9% and 6.9% respectively. Android 2.2 Froyo hasn't moved from its 0.4% distribution share. Source...


Sony made the Xperia Z4 Tablet official earlier today, and now the company's French arm has put it up for pre-order. This is helpful because it reveals the starting price for the tablet, which will be a pretty steep €559 in its Wi-Fi-only iteration. As prices for mobile devices are usually the same amount in US dollars as in euros, we assume it will start at $559 in the USA. This makes it $60 more expensive than the entry level iPad Air 2 model, though that only has 16GB of storage (whereas the Xperia Z4 Tablet ships with 32GB). If you buy the Wi-Fi Z4 Tablet with the Bluetooth keyboard accessory bundled, you'll need to pay €659. The LTE-capable model of the tablet will retail for €659 sans keyboard, and €759 with the accessory. If you buy the keyboard alone, you'll need to shell out €180. Unfortunately the Xperia Z4 Tablet is only scheduled to actually become available in June, so even if you're in France and you pre-order one you'll have to wait around three months for it to arrive at your doorstep. That's a lot, especially in the insanely fast moving mobile world. Source (in French) | Via (in...

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